Federico Garcia, 1969, No. 1

by Joseph
(Houston TX)

Classical Guitar, excellent condition

Federico Garcia, 1969, No. 1,
Make an offer; First $2000 gets it.

This guitar has had very little use and shows little wear. It has new strings. This first rate instrument has a wonderful sound and is in absolutely excellent condition.

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Aug 01, 2012
by: Wm.Patteen sr.

I have a no.1 Federico Garcia.If you can play it try it.You'd be hard pressed to find as good a sound for less than 3or4.000 dollars. I wouldn't sell mine for less than $3.000 My nephew has a real nice Martin and it sound like crap next to my Garcia.So play it, and lots of others to get a good comparison.Tape them and play them back,see whats really going on.
If you can get it for what your willing too spend,then do so.
Things are only worth what someone is willing to pay.
Thanks for your time,
William H. Patteen sr.

Jul 21, 2012
Garcia and Hernandis guitars
by: Jon Bart

There is a lot of misinformation floating around about Garcia and Hernandis guitars. The original models in the mid to late 60's were made in Spain by competent Luthiers on a contract basis (so far, for obvious reasons, no one is admitting to that, but the better Hernandis models are nearly identical to Ramirez grade 1 models, incidentally also sold by Sherry-Brenner during the same time frame). At some point, around 1970, Jim Sherry contracted with a now defunct Japanese builder to take over production. In 1969 and early 1970, some of the labels still stated assembly in Spain. By mid 1970, a supplemental label (stating Japanese assembly) was added. Around early 1971, the labels were combined. "Garcia" and "Hernandis" are trade names and the use of such "fictional" names is common in the industry. Unfortunately, Jim Sherry did not disclose the change in manufacturing while he was still disposing of the Spanish assembled guitars and when the non-disclosure was discovered, it appeared to be a very deliberate fraud (whether it was or not, only Jim Sherry knows for sure). At least 3 posts I have read have stated that their Garcia and/or Hernandis guitars were shipped direct from Spain, and one gentleman reported that he picked up his Hernandis as it was unloaded from a ship of Spanish registry. I strongly advise potential buyers of these guitars to do their own extensive research on the web and to ignore the "authoritative" negative opinions found in some of those so-called "buyer's guide"s that certain individuals are profiting from on E-bay under the guise of "altruism".

Mar 09, 2012
Not fake
by: Anonymous

Grade 1 or 1A may go for $500 or more. Assembly moved from Spain to Japan around 1969 or 1970, so this may have actually been made in Spain in 1969 (not sure anyone would know this these days).

There there was some issue with the importer's failure to indicate these were assembled in Japan after 1969 or 1970 (until 1973 when the label added "assembled in Japan), that does not change the quality of these guitars (for good or bad).

I think you can get more than $200 for any Grade 1 or 1A Garcia. Now, the Grade 2 or 3 would probably sell at most for $200.

From my own experience and what I've read, these have a tone that surpasses what you'd expect given the blemish in the importer's reputation, so I think you may get more money selling these in a manner that lets the potential buyer play it first, since that is the real selling point. Selling these online means the buyer is left unable to hear the tone and you may not get what it is really worth.

For myself, I am thrilled with the 1970 Garcia No. 1 I got in a pawn shop for $200. Sounds comparable to guitars I've heard costing thousands of dollars. In fact, I would probably buy any Garcia no. 1 or 1a (or Hernandez or Baberos, other names used by this importer, kind of like sister-models I think) if I ever saw one for sale for less than $200, just as an investment or back up.


Aug 28, 2011
by: Anonymous

No - it's NOT fake - what the hell does fake mean?? It's a freaking real Fredrico Garcia. I don't think anyone has taken the time to make a fake Fredrico Garcia yet... keep an eye on the Chinese though.

What you REAL Fredrico Garcia is worth will be determined by what someone is willing to pay you for it.

I sold mine for about $200 - I thought it was worth more, but then I guess I shouldn't have put it in an auction. Actually I wish I would have kept it for that little amount of cash . . . live and learn.

Good luck though - if you don't get over $300 just keep it.

Mar 17, 2011
Fake it is !
by: Anonymous

I'm afraid they're correct.
Sherry Brener imported these and they are pretty mediocre cheap guitars.
Personally I think $200 is on the high side.
Some folks on ebay collect these, so you may want to try to sell it there.
Good Luck.

Jul 19, 2010
No such maker
by: Anonymous

He is right. Frederico Garcia never made guitars and they were made in Japan and shipped to Sherry-Brenner Ltd of Chicago. I have a 1967 model that my Dad owned and I could probably get $200 for it.

Jun 26, 2010
How do you know
by: Anonymous

What's your credibility for your statement on this guitar being a fake?

Apr 24, 2010
fake guitar
by: Anonymous

No such luthier Federico Garcia. The guitar is a cheap import from Japan, distributed by Sherry Brenner in Chicago. Brenner slapped some fake Spanish labels on the guitar.

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